ION ENERGY BALANCING END-TO-END SOLUTIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Auto Tech Review|April 2020

ION ENERGY BALANCING END-TO-END SOLUTIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
For an electric vehicle (EV), the battery pack is the most important and costliest component, representing more than 45 % of the vehicle cost. The battery needs constant monitoring for optimised total cost of ownership (TCO). Mumbai-based company Ion Energy is focussed on developing end-to-end solutions for EVs aimed at further propelling India’s journey towards greener mobility
Anirudh Raheja

In simple terms, the battery management system (BMS) is the brain behind battery packs, managing the output, charging and discharging. It also provides critical safeguards from damage, and renders notifications on the status of the battery pack. The differentiation between two companies is often served by the BMS that controls and improves the behaviour of the battery without compromising on performance.

In an exclusive chat with Auto Tech Review, Akhil Aryan, Founder, Ion Energy claimed that the BMS available in the EV market currently can be put to use in the battery pack hardware locally and is programmed with an assumption that such vehicles will possess similar usage patterns.

Ion Energy is currently operating under two business verticals – battery management systems and Edison Analytics, which is a cloud-based machine learning platform, wherein data received from the vehicle as well as the battery is further processed for inside trends for developing over-the-air updates to improve the performance and life cycle of the battery.

BATTERY DESIGN OPTIMISATION

Ion Energy leverages its expertise in the energy storage domain and adopts a modular approach towards designing and developing lithium-ion battery packs as per customer applications. The company, after understanding the application and requirements of the lithium-ion battery, works closely with customers to select appropriate cell chemistries and form factor to rollout effective concepts and materials that deliver high efficiency from battery packs. With thermal management of battery playing an important role for the long life of the battery, Ion Energy also designs custom thermal management solutions to always have the vehicle battery in the Goldilocks zone – a habitable zone, where the temperature is just right. The company also runs designs through various simulations at the part level as well as at the assembly level so as to ensure that the product designed meets the most stringent standards, observed Aryan.

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